Mending Piece by Piece

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Podcast by Linda Falasco

Mending Piece by Piece

At some point in our lives we will all experience loss and will have to figure out how to manage the grief that comes with it. Whether you're grappling with the heart-wrenching loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or even your own identity, it can be hard to find others who understand the pain and challenges that come with it. Join host Linda Falasco who has experienced loss from both sides of the couch. Linda will share her experience as a therapist specializing in loss, grief, and trauma as well as her personal story of trauma and loss along with the grief that came with it. Mending Piece by Piece with Linda Falasco is about giving a voice to loss, grief, and trauma and how it is possible to mend, even if it is piece by piece.

Latest episodes

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21 May 2024

Navigating the First Year After a Suicide Loss

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Description:

The first year following the loss of a loved one to suicide is a tumultuous journey through a landscape of intense emotions. In this episode of Mending Piece by Piece Podcast, host Linda Falasco offers a raw and heartfelt account of what it's truly like to navigate life in the aftermath of such profound loss.

As Linda shares her personal experiences, listeners are invited into the raw depths of grief, where emotions like guilt, shame, sadness, anxiety, fear, and anger converge to create a tumultuous inner world. Amidst this turmoil, survivors are tasked with adapting to their "new normal," a reality that feels alien against the backdrop of a world that continues to move forward, often with little understanding of their pain.

Throughout the episode, Linda bravely confronts the ignorance and stigma surrounding suicide loss, revealing the isolation and shame that can accompany insensitive remarks, even from within the safety of familial bonds. From grappling with intense emotions to navigating the complexities of guilt and fear, Linda sheds light on the common threads that bind survivors in their shared journey through grief.

Key moments in this episode include:

  • Introducing oneself and the podcast (1:20)
  • Coming to terms with the irreparable changes in relationships (5:15)
  • Embracing the "new normal" of life after suicide loss (6:35)
  • Wrestling with chaos and confusion in grief (11:50)
  • Feeling stagnant as the world moves forward (14:00)
  • Confronting ignorance and stigma from within and without (16:10, 17:20)
  • Grappling with the enduring emptiness in the heart (22:00)
  • Finding solace in support groups and compassionate individuals (22:58, 28:53)
  • Struggling with denial and the weight of guilt (29:30, 30:50)
  • Examining the impact of suicide loss on the entire family (32:45)
  • Confronting societal expectations and stigma (37:15)

Join Linda on an intimate exploration of the first year after a suicide loss, as she offers solace, understanding, and validation to those navigating similar journeys of grief. Tune in to Mending Piece by Piece for a poignant reflection on loss, love, and the resilience of the human spirit.

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

 

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Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw / Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw / TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

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Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart
Amazon:
Barnes & Noble:

Mending Piece By Piece: A Workbook & Journal for Navigating Grief with Hope

Amazon:

https://a.co/d/bNI8V3I

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mending-piece-by-piece-lcsw-licsw-linda-falasco/1145157190?ean=9798989510405

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

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07 May 2024

Silent Echoes: Navigating Life After The Funeral in Suicide Loss

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Description:

In the aftermath of a loved one's funeral, the silence can be deafening. In this poignant episode of Mending Piece By Piece Podcast, host Linda Falasco delves into the profound realities that surface when the busyness of arrangements subsides and grief takes center stage.

After the funeral, questions linger like shadows: why did this happen? What if things were different? The search for answers becomes an internal quest, with no easy resolutions. Amidst the turmoil of suicide loss, the need to understand why becomes a relentless companion, shaping the journey toward healing.

Linda shares her personal experience of grappling with this new reality, from navigating conversations with family to facing investigators and enduring the weight of unanswered questions. At just 25 years old, Linda was confronted with the stark realization that her life would never be the same and the family she knew was shattered, forever changed.

This episode offers profound insights into the complexities of grief after suicide loss, illuminating the nuances that survivors grapple with in their quest for understanding. Through raw honesty and vulnerability, listeners gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that shape the aftermath of such profound loss.

Key moments in this episode include:

  • The sobering realization as reality sets in (1:30)
  • Wrestling with the unanswerable question of "why?" (3:44)
  • The impact of finding a note left behind (7:17)
  • Sensitivity in what questions to refrain from asking survivors (8:50)
  • Navigating encounters with law enforcement (12:25)
  • Memories of Jeff's beloved dog, Hooch (23:44)
  • Strange experiences and searching for meaning in Jeff's room (25:20, 29:48)
  • Making life-altering decisions amidst grief (34:50, 36:25)

Join Linda on a journey through the complexities of grief after suicide loss, as she navigates the silent echoes that linger in the aftermath of farewell. Tune in to Mending Piece By Piece Podcast for a heartfelt exploration of healing and hope in the face of profound loss.

 

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

https://linktr.ee/lindafalascolcsw

Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw / Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw / TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

Sign up for the Mending Piece by Piece newsletter at 

lindafalascolcsw.com/signup 

Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart
Barnes & Noble:

Mending Piece By Piece: A Workbook & Journal for Navigating Grief with Hope

Amazon: https://a.co/d/bNI8V3I

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mending-piece-by-piece-lcsw-licsw-linda-falasco/1145157190?ean=9798989510405

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

 

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30 April 2024

Bonus Episode #1 - 30 Years Later: Reflecting on Loss, Mental Health, and Society

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Join host, Linda Falasco, in this bonus episode of Mending Piece by Piece, as she delves into a personal reflection triggered by a chance encounter with a magazine cover. Recounting the profound moment when she was confronted with a picture of Kurt Cobain thirty years after his passing. This seemingly innocuous moment catalyzed deep introspection about the passage of time and the unresolved questions surrounding the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The narrative unfolds as Linda shares her internal struggle, grappling with the haunting memory of a past conversation with her brother Jeff, contemplating whether there were signs missed, messages unheard. This introspective journey prompts a broader examination of societal attitudes toward mental health and suicide over the past three decades.

With candid reflection, Linda poses critical questions about the progress—or lack thereof—in addressing mental health challenges and suicide prevention. Confronting the enduring stigma that surrounds mental illness, particularly for men, who are often conditioned to mask vulnerability behind societal expectations of strength.

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

https://linktr.ee/lindafalascolcsw

Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw 

Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw 

TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

Sign up for the Mending Piece by Piece newsletter at lindafalascolcsw.com/signup 

Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart

Mending Piece By Piece: A Workbook & Journal for Navigating Grief with Hope

Amazon: https://a.co/d/bNI8V3I

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mending-piece-by-piece-lcsw-licsw-linda-falasco/1145157190?ean=9798989510405

Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

 
 
 

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23 April 2024

The Last Goodbye: Inside Funeral Preparations After Suicide Loss

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Description:

Losing a loved one to suicide brings a unique set of challenges and emotions. In this episode of Mending Piece by Piece Podcast, host Linda Falasco delves deeper into the intricate journey of grieving a suicide loss, particularly focusing on the painful process of planning a funeral.

As Linda reflects on the day before the funeral while trying to write a eulogy for her brother, a flood of emotions overwhelms her. As she would learn later in her journey this was the "new normal in an abnormal grief," grappling with intense feelings of sadness, guilt, fear, anxiety, and profound heartache. Amidst this turmoil, she is confronted with societal norms that stigmatize expressions of grief, especially among men, sparking questions about her brother's own experience and the broader issue of male suicide.

The narrative unfolds as Linda shares poignant moments from the funeral preparations, including the emotional process of writing a eulogy, the somber visitation, and the challenging encounter with an insensitive undertaker. Through raw and honest storytelling, listeners are invited to witness the complexities of grief and the societal barriers that hinder its expression.

Key moments in this episode include:

(1:35) Exploring the multifaceted emotions following a suicide loss

(9:40) Fond memories and reflections on Jeff

(16:20, 18:00) The journey to the funeral service and the overwhelming sight of Jeff at the funeral home 

(21:00) Confronting societal attitudes towards grief, particularly regarding men's emotions 

(24:30) Navigating challenges and insensitivity during the funeral 

Join Linda Falasco as she courageously shares her story, offering insight, solace, and understanding to those grappling with similar experiences of loss and grief. Tune in to Mending Piece by Piece Podcast for an intimate exploration of healing in the wake of suicide.

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

https://linktr.ee/lindafalascolcsw

Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw / Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw / TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

Sign up for the Mending Piece by Piece newsletter at lindafalascolcsw.com/signup 

Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart
Barnes & Noble:

Mending Piece By Piece: A Workbook & Journal for Navigating Grief with Hope

Amazon: https://a.co/d/bNI8V3I

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mending-piece-by-piece-lcsw-licsw-linda-falasco/1145157190?ean=9798989510405

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

 

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09 April 2024

Navigating Next Steps in the Wake of Suicide Loss

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

After the loss of a loved one, there is so much to do. From making the calls, contacting a funeral home, making the arrangements and so much more. It is difficult no matter how old you are or how many funerals you have been to, but when you are younger and this is one of your first funerals it can be extremely overwhelming.

This week the story continues as I share the next few days after my brother Jeff passed away.  After losing a sibling the family as I knew it was gone. I was facing the realization that I just lost the parents I once knew and trying to step up and take care of everything. Trying to protect them from more hurt and in a naive way "not cause any more pain" by sharing my hurt. 

Having a loved one take their own life adds other dynamics to the grief journey that cause deeper pain, shame, and stigma. Working with a funeral director who was ignorant and rude was just the beginning. Then when at the church it really set in after hearing a priest say "we don't do funerals for people who commit suicide". It was like a punch in the gut, causing a sense of shame and belief that I shouldn't be allowed to grieve.

As if that wasn't enough on my plate I now had to work on getting my 15-year-old brother out of jail and back home.  The emotions are building up and I erupt in not the best place to lose control.

This episode will include:

(3:35) Unhelpful things we say 

(5:55) Telling my brother Michael

(11:02) Making final arrangements

(15:25) Welcome to stigma & shame

(19:30) Grief & the family

(24:20) Emotions finally erupt

(28:16) Another crazy event to handle

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

https://linktr.ee/lindafalascolcsw

Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw / Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw / TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

Sign up for the Mending Piece by Piece newsletter at 

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Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart
Amazon:
Barnes & Noble:

Mending Piece By Piece: A Workbook & Journal for Navigating Grief with Hope

Amazon:

https://a.co/d/bNI8V3I

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mending-piece-by-piece-lcsw-licsw-linda-falasco/1145157190?ean=9798989510405

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

 

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26 March 2024

The Day That Changed Me

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains depictions of death and suicide. We understand that some may find these activating and/or disturbing. Please check the show notes for more detailed descriptions and additional resources. If you or someone you love is struggling with thoughts of suicide please call the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

We will all experience loss at some point in our life, yet our society is still struggling acknowledge and embrace the grief that comes with it. Whether you experience loss of a job, friendship, pet, relationship or someone you love passes away, you will be left trying to figure out how to move forward and how to manage the grief that comes with the loss. After experiencing traumatic loss you realize you become a different person and the life you once knew has completely been altered. In Mending Piece By Piece's inaguaral episode your host, Linda Falasco, will begin to share her personal story of loss and the day that her life changed forever. 

This episode will include:

(00:00) Intro

(02:11) Why talk about loss & grief

(05:42) What this podcast is about? 

(07:36) My story

(15:15) My first loss/ loss of a friend in a car accident

(18:06) The day that changed me (mention of suicide)

(21:25) Nightmares before 

(27:03) He’s gone Lindy

CONNECT WITH LINDA:

https://linktr.ee/lindafalascolcsw

Facebook: @lindafalascolcsw / Instagram: @lindafalascolcsw / TikTok: @lindafalascolcsw

YouTube: @lindafalascolcsw 

Sign up for the Mending Piece by Piece newsletter at 

lindafalascolcsw.com/signup

Mending Piece By Piece After A Suicide Loss: Guided Grief Workbook & Journal to Heal the Survivor's Heart
 
Amazon:
Barnes & Noble:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/Home
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: https://save.org/

 

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